ANZOS & Breakthrough Discoveries 2018 Joint ConferenceOctober 16 - 18, 2018 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Breakfast Symposia

Wednesday Breakfast Session: Medical and surgical management of obesity in multidisciplinary clinics

Topic: Medical and surgical management of obesity in multidisciplinary clinics

Time: 7:00 - 8:00am
Date: Wednesday 17th October
Chair: Evan Atlantis - Head of the COSiPH working group
Dr Kathryn Williams – The University of Sydney, will share her perspectives on specialist medical management of obesity
Mr Ahmad Aly – Austin Health, will share his perspectives on weight-loss surgery (or bariatric surgery) for the management of obesity

New research indicates that Australian public hospitals cannot meet the rising demand for specialist obesity care. There are approximately 1 million Australians aged 18-65 years living with clinically severe obesity. Guidelines recommend these individuals be considered for referral to specialist care where they could potentially access a range of specialist treatments such as intensive lifestyle and medical interventions including bariatric surgery. In reality, a recent study by the Clinical Obesity in Public Hospitals (COSiPH) working group indicates that patient access to centres, specialised services, and treatments is limited by strict entry criteria, prolonged waiting times, geographical location, as well as out-of-pocket costs. Established in 2017, the COSiPH working group members along with a range of stakeholders are working on a broad programme of activities to generate evidence based policies and practices for improving the quality of specialist obesity care. Clinicians need to provide equitable access to a range of intensive treatment options using multidisciplinary team and long-term chronic disease approaches to effectively manage clinically severe obesity. Our task at this breakfast symposium is to discuss the contemporary challenges in the medical and surgical management of obesity in multidisciplinary clinics in Australia.

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Supported by Novo Nordisk



Thursday Breakfast Session: Why is obesity so hard to treat and what are the evidence based strategies?

Topic: Why is obesity so hard to treat and what are the evidence based strategies?

Time: 7:00 - 8:00am
Date: Thursday 18th October
Professor Michael Cowley – Professor of Physiology, Monash University
Professor John Dixon - Baker IDI

Synopsis: This session will present the role of the brain in maintaining body weight, in particular highlighting the hormonal control mechanisms that make it difficult for patients to lose weight and keep it off. In addition, a second speaker will discuss the currently available pharmacological options for managing obesity. Emphasis will be paid as to how to employ pharmacological agents in managing patient’s weight, whilst discussing the role of lifestyle changes and surgical options to utilize the best available evidence in giving patient’s with obesity the best chance of success.

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Supported by iNova Pharmaceuticals

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